American writer, critic, and scholar.
Schorer earned an MA at Harvard and his Ph.D. in English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1936. During his academic career, he held positions at Dartmouth, Harvard, and the University of California, Berkeley, where he chaired the Department of English from 1960 to 1965. A leading critic of his time, he was best known for his work, Sinclair Lewis: An American Life. Schorer was also the author of many short stories, which appeared in magazines such as The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic Monthly, and Esquire.
In addition to his scholarly works, he also co-authored a series of science-fiction and horror stories with writer, publisher and childhood friend August Derleth. These stories, originally published mainly in Weird Tales magazine, were eventually anthologized in Colonel Markesan and Less Pleasant People (1966).